Leaked LG slides give us better look at LG G3’s specs: Snapdragon 801 with 3GB RAM

by: Andrew GrushMay 21, 2014


The LG G3’s official unveiling is now less than a week away but that’s not stopping the rumor train from chugging along. In fact, it’s seemed to pick up momentum. Today’s leak reportedly comes from a series of slides that were reportedly shown off during a pre-announcement event held by LG for an unspecified Korean retailer.

Between all the leaks and rumors, we already had a fairly good idea of what the device’s specs looked like. The new slides simply confirm a few things, and rule out a few others.

While previous UAprofs seemed to make it pretty clear we wouldn’t be seeing a Snapdragon 805, the slides here confirm that the handset will in fact offer the same Snapdragon 801 CPU found in other recent flagships like the Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. This might be disappointing for those that were hoping for something more, but don’t let this fool you — the G3 still packs some killer components.


Probably the most exciting (or wasteful, depending on your line of thought) component here is the 5.5-inch QHD IPS display. LG is far from the first manufacturer to embrace QHD, but it does have the distinction of being the first major player to do so.

Now we know what you’re probably thinking, “this things could to be damn huge!” With a 5.5-inch display, you’re right, it’s not a tiny phone. That said, it’s important to remember that the phone isn’t necessarily that much bigger than other modern flagships like the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5. While LG G3 comes in at 146.3 x 76.4 x 8.9, the HTC One M8 is 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and the GS5 comes in at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1.

Turning to the rest of the specs, the LG G3 also has 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 13MP rear cam with OIS+, 2.1MP front cam, a 3000 mAh removable battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, the specs don’t mention microSD, though here’s to hoping that LG includes this after all. For those that weren’t all that impressed by the LG G2’s sound, you’ll be happy to know that LG appears to be kicking things up a notch in this department and will offer 1 Watt external speaker and likely a few other sound-related improvements.


While today’s unveiling certainly clears up a bit about what to expect from the phone, there’s still plenty of mystery left, particularly when it comes to software. Although we’ve seen a few leaks that point to a redesigned UI, we’re still not completely sure how extensive this overhaul will be. More than likely, there could be a few other hardware/software tricks up LG’s sleeves, too.

The good news is our wait is almost over, and we’ll be on the scene as things unfold next week. What do you think of the LG G3 now that the puzzle pieces are rapidly falling into place? Impressed or not?

  • Xavier_NYC

    I think those specs are just for the Korean model. I think the US model will be slightly different.. Looking at the leaks this will be a very tall phone.. Just as tall as the M8

    • Marco Lancaster

      But c’mon, assuming the phone have 0,5″ more than the M8, is pretty good they have the same tall.

      • Xavier_NYC

        I guess I have to go to ATT and hold a M8 to see how I feel about it.. I want the G3 but I’m hoping its not too big.. G2 feels perfect in hand.

        • poop

          If the G2 is your deal, the One M8 (and the G3) should be fine for you. I’m just a random guest, but I was in at a TMo store recently and got to try out the M8. It feels perfect in hand, even compared to my barely smaller G2 (thanks to its case).

          • Xavier_NYC

            Just went to ATT and the M8 does feel pretty solid in the hand. Guess I have to wait and see

    • Richard Gao

      yeah, just like the Korean G2 had a removable battery I don’t think the USA G3 will have one

  • AndroidBoss

    Too many leaks these days. Too bad no leaked images for Google I/O.

    • Jonathan TAM

      LOL. I see what you did there.

  • MasterMuffin

    This is what dreams are made of. 5.5″ device that’s pretty much the same size as competitors with ~5″ screen :O

    • Marco Lancaster

      Yeah that’s really way to how increase screen size whithout make a massive device. Samsung make this with Note 3, but let is pass a little with S5. But is really hard to belive, or such wow, see how a device with 5.5″ can have the same size of HTC M8 with 5 inches.

      • MasterMuffin

        M8 has huge bezels and front facing speakers!

        • AndroidBoss

          The bezels could have been smaller- like this phone. However the front facing speakers are good and look sick.

        • Ben Edwards

          Totally worth it! The M8 is a great phone.

      • le_lutin

        “But is really hard to belive, or such wow”
        Might get this written on my tombstone.

        • Johan Fourie

          Doing Doge much proud.

    • Jayfeather787

      I totally agree.
      I see that you also have over 6000 comments on Android Authority. Congrats.

      • MasterMuffin

        Thanks :)

    • Jesus

      Yes… and besides the Z2, the One (m8) is the biggest… with the smallest screen, again.

    • K2

      Too less bezel can also be a problem. Bezel helps hold the phone more efficiently. I understand LG is trying to keep the phone size down, but it is doing it by reducing the bezel too much.

      This is a problem with phones larger than 5.

      • MasterMuffin

        I have no problem with small bezels. Maybe it’s because my hands are big?

      • Andrew White

        Thin bezels are the only option for increasing screen real-estate, particularly when the logical relocation of the the side buttons is on the back or top of the device.

  • Fabian Taveras

    No SD? That’s a bummer I was hoping it was going to come with that :/

    • Eric T

      it will have sd don’t worry its just not specifically mentioned in this leak

      • Fabian Taveras

        I really hope because no SD would be a serious kink in this phones armor in my opinion.

      • le_lutin

        How do you know that?

    • elmar anderson

      Maybe it’s the Asian version.
      Fingers crossed for the rest world version

  • Anonymousfella

    I’m curious to know about the performance. If it is the same 801, will it be able to push 1440p display at high frame rates?

    • Marc Perrusquia

      The g2 had an 800

  • Shark Bait

    Snapdragon 801???? Well durrrhhh, join the club …..

  • Isaac Lau

    Sony Xperia Z2 has 20.7 MP rear camera and S5 has 16 MP rear camera. HTC M8 has 5 MP front camera.
    I am so disappointed that G3 only comes with 13 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP front camera. It is difficult to complete with other flagship devices this year. Hopefully there are new function installed in G3.

    • Siilverstjerna

      Only 13mp? Are you planning on view the pictures on a cinema or what? 13mp is more than enough.
      They say 7-10mp is the limit, beyond it the human eye cant see the difference on a Computer/Tv/Phone.

    • le_lutin

      It’s about quality (of the sensor, lens etc), not about quantity (megapixulz!)

    • elmar anderson

      Think of this as an golden middle for the 13mp
      ois + main deal is what will be the F of the camera be. If would be 0.5-1.5F, it would be good for low light shots

    • Gary W

      Don’t fall for the numbers, even 5 mp is more than enough most of the time. MP is meaningless without knowing the sensor size.

  • OneThousandOne

    Same battery capacity as the G2, kinda disappointing..

    • Zachary Vincent Manning

      g2 is 3200 so no, and this is the korean version

      • jjordan

        Incorrect the Korean version of the g2 is a removable 2610mah battery the u.s version of the g2 is a 3000mah non removable battery

      • C. Conner

        Wrong. G2 3000 mah battery. KOREA has a smaller 2610 mah battery. Get your facts before exposing that you don’t know any.! Will pay off in future post my friend.

  • QHD 5.5″ IPS is so impressive IF 3000 mAh can handle it !!!

  • kreemer

    Absolutely salivating

  • Jayfeather787

    Seems legit, can’t wait.

  • renz

    isn’t that previous rumor suggesting snapdragon 805 in G3?

    • Marc Perrusquia

      The rumors were all over the place, earlier rumors were reporting a mediatek chip, and possibly the lg Odin, but this leak seems spot on.

      • renz

        well i heard that LG did want to use Odin for the G3 but the performance are not good enough. i think i see somewhere that the performance of Odin only as good as snapdragon 600. if that is true then it will be a step back from G2 which is using snapdragon 800.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          That’s what I’m telling you rumors were all over the place, and the 801 seems finalized.

  • Yan Qin

    A little bit too big for me. Wish they have a 5.2 version.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      I wish they had a 1080p version, or an 805 version.

  • Stephan Hall

    The G3 will be interesting. I really like the 3 gig ram and think it will make the phone perform well under multi-tasking loads. I don’t think the QHD IPS display will make a significant improvement and perhaps cause excessive power requirements, but I guess we will see. The biggest concern from my view is it is too big. The S4 and Nexus 5 were borderline. I could have possibly made it with the G2 which I do like. Because of the size it will not be a phone that I’d consider, but I’m sure for many others will love it. I think LG may take a lead in design, features and performance. Just too big!

    • V-Phuc

      I currently have a SGN3. Absolutely love the screen size. I don’t believe I can ever go back to anything smaller though I should admit, nothing bigger either. So to me, 5.5 inches are right there in the ballpark. Just hope all the other specs hold up.

  • motorwayne

    Yeah, like others this might be too big? G2 = perfect fit. Really interested in the NEW UI also.

  • Foxsprout

    The Fxxx series of LG is the korean version in which always has removable and smaller battery and also several differences compared to the international and US version

  • deepen915

    5.5inch 538PPI? HOLY SH*T

    • Kula

      Oppo Find 7 didn’t get this reaction from people :/

    • Kula

      Oppo Find 7 didn’t get this reaction from people :/

  • Jay Holm

    How does a 1W speaker compare to the S4?

  • Ruz

    If this phone is QHD on a 801 Snapdragon then i am certainly not impressed. I would not prefer heavy task on a small processor. There surly is no need for a QHD display that too on a tiny processor. I would rather wait for S5 Prime time

    • Marc Perrusquia

      I love how people act like the 800, and 801 are suddenly horrible, they’re still fantastic chips, and it should be able to handle a QHD panel just fine, having an s805 would make it a bit smoother, but it’ll be far from unusable. I’m more worried about battery life.

      • Ruz

        it can handle but there will be noticeable drop in performance buddy

        • Marc Perrusquia

          Maybe for some games but I highly doubt it’ll be unusable would of preferred an 805 too, but an having an 801 is far from bad, buddy.

      • Ruz

        And for ur info 805 bring better power consumptions level.. pl read thru

  • Zachary Vincent Manning

    This is a bad leak… korean versions are never the same as US versions. I pray the US version doesn’t seriously have a smaller battery than the G2 when it has that ridiculous screen on it. Now i don’t know what to think, this phone is probably going to suck in battery tests i’ll just have to wait and see instead of locking into two years with a phone that has the best screen and shittiest battery longevity

    • Marc Perrusquia

      It’s the same size battery g2 had a 3,000 mah battery.

      • C. Conner

        Dude, again, learn your facts before posting misinformation. I don’t know where you read all these wrong specs. Stop whining and get educated. Then you will see that the 801 will run this phone just fine. My gosh dude, 2.5 ghz. That’s numbers that would have been unbelievable a year ago.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          Did you mean to reply to me? Where did I mention the 801, maybe you should learn to read “dude.”

          • C. Conner

            I didn’t mean too.! Sorry about that, I know how frustrating that can be. We’ll, we know everything now. Looks like the phone to beat so far this year. Again, sorry about the reply. Was also on meds that I will not be on again. Darn Benzos.!

          • Marc Perrusquia

            It’s alright man

  • _X_

    So it has a Bigger screen…more pixels…but a smaller battery.
    Plus the back in the slide looks like plastic…
    I will be looking at this phone and the S5, but believe i will go with the S5 if the LG is plastic as the S5 dont need a case like my S2. I am looking for a durable phone and the LG without metal will be an exspensive disaster waiting to happen!

    • “I will not buy LG because it’s plastic, and buy S5 which is made of…. plastic” great thinking…

      • _X_

        Yes because the S5 will be the better plastic phone….that is great thinking!
        i will buy the LG over the S5 because to me metal is better than plastic (it will feels more premium)….but if both phones are plastic…then I will buy the better plastic phone…which will be the S5!

        • How can you asume that S5 plastic is better if G3 has not been released yet? Have you seen “self-healing” plastic of the LG Flex that propably will be used in G3? LG beats Samsung in quality and material department hands down.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      It doesn’t have a smaller battery it’s the same capacity.


    I also think this is a bad leak.If this LG Mobile phone include LG MHL to HDMI Adapter like this: http://bit.ly/1jBAPzU is ok. but i don’t know whether it includes or not ?

  • Sophia Patel

    Wow nice phone with 3 GB ram.


  • brendan soliwoda

    While I would have definitely preferred the Snapdragon 805, I’m still getting this phone regardless of the processor. So much about this phone has impressed me.

  • anon

    that 801 is the bottleneck of this phone. it will not be enough for heavy gamers when they phone will be pushing 2K resolution at you.

  • Oliver Caballes

    Well impressed…

  • Eddy

    Its size won’t be for everyone, and we do wish LG would take a closer look at the audio side of things, but there’s no denying that its high-res capabilities, mixed in with a stunning video performance, great design and superb user experience make it a very tempting choice.